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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

Weather: Showers clearing to leave a clear night

BBC Weather

There will be a few isolated showers during the evening, but these should clear to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells. Low temp 13C (55F).

Oxford weather 11 May 2016
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Sport headlines: Future's bright for Oxford United

Dan Freeman

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

  • The future will continue to be bright for Oxford United, according to striker James Roberts, with another batch of bright youngsters coming through
  • Oxford City manager Justin Merritt says the club could know be the end of this week whether or not they'll be playing on a 3G pitch next season

Travel latest: Floods hit the M40 and Bayswater Road

BBC Travel

  • The M40 entry slip road is closed southbound at J8a because of flooding
  • Meanwhile, Bayswater Road in Oxford is blocked in both directions between Headington Roundabout and the B4027 junction, also because of flooding
  • And there are queues on the A40 London Road in Oxford at Headington Roundabout after a traffic light failure

More details for you on the BBC Travel site.

New Tory group leader at West Oxfordshire council

James Mill has been named as the new leader for the Conservative group at West Oxfordshire District Council.

An overall leader of the council will be decided - along with committee chairs and the new cabinet - next week.

China 'not worried' about Queen's rude remarks

China is more worried about Britain leaving the European Union than whether the Queen thought their officials were rude during last year's state visit.

Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during last October's state visit
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Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during last October's state visit

Rana Mitter, director of Oxford University's China Centre, said the Chinese were "very pragmatic" and would not be "entirely surprised" at the monarch's reaction to the "vigorous" security arrangements surrounding Xi Jinping's visit.

There is a perception that the UK is an important enough trading and political partner that this sort of incident isn't going to get in the way. I suspect that Chinese officials are far more concerned about the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union than they are about the overheard comments of high-level figures.

Rana MitterDirector of Oxford University's China Centre

Latest headlines: Police refer themselves to IPCC over Ellis search

Chris Brown

BBC News

This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

Oxford University unveils Duke of Cambridge Scholarship

Oxford University has announced a new Duke of Cambridge Scholarship, to mark the visit of the prince to the city today.

Prince William with Leonard Blavatnik
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Prince William with Leonard Blavatnik

The scholarship will fully fund a UK student to study for the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government - which he officially opened earlier. 

It has been funded by Leonard Blavatnik, donors to University College, and the University of Oxford.

The presence of the Duke of Cambridge was a particular privilege, which we decided to mark with a gift that looks to the future. The Duke of Cambridge Scholarship at the University of Oxford will open an opportunity for future British leaders from all backgrounds.

Professor Ngaire WoodsDean of the Blavatnik School of Government

New Mayor of Wantage pledges to keep the town he loves beautiful

Witney Gazette

The new Mayor of Wantage has pledged to preserve green spaces and help keep the town he loves beautiful.

Woman freed from tree-fall car

The woman trapped in a car when a tree fell on it in central Oxford has now been freed, police have just said.

Both passengers in the car were not injured, they add, and the road has now reopened.

Tree falls on car in central Oxford

Here is the scene where a tree has fallen on a car in Hythe Bridge Street this afternoon. Emergency services are helping to free a woman trapped inside.

A tree has fallen on a car in central Oxford, on Hythe Bridge Street
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A tree has fallen on a car in central Oxford, on Hythe Bridge Street

Oxford NHS trust reveals £26m agency staff spend

Almost £26million was spent by Oxford University Hospitals Trust on agency staff in the last financial year. 

Hospital ward
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The trust has admitted breaching a cap on the amount agency workers can be paid in order, it says, to attract the right calibre of staff.

Tree falls onto car in Oxford

A tree has fallen onto a car on Hythe Bridge Street in Oxford, leaving a woman trapped inside.

Emergency services were called shortly after 15:00 and the road has been closed.

A man managed to get out of the vehicle, but fire and ambulance crews are helping to free the woman who is not thought to be injured.

Ellis Downes

Thames Valley Police refers itself to the police watchdog over the "botched" operation to find the body of missing swimmer Ellis Downes.

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IPCC referral comes after anger at police search for Ellis Downes

Thames Valley Police's self-referral to the IPCC comes after calls grew for an investigation into the "botched" police operation to find the body of missing swimmer Ellis Downes at the weekend.

Ellis Downes went missing while swimming in the Thames near Culham on Saturday
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Ellis Downes went missing while swimming in the Thames near Culham on Saturday

A private dive team, which found a body near where Ellis vanished two days later, criticised police for initially stopping them from searching the water.  

Peter Faulding, from Specialist Group International - which found the body after answering a Facebook appeal from Ellis's family - branded the police's obstruction of his team "disgusting".  

I can confirm that Thames Valley Police have referred themselves to the IPCC with respect to the handling of the recovery of Ellis. We are aware of the family and community concerns around our actions following this tragic incident and the referral was made this morning. I expect the IPCC to respond with a decision on how the IPCC wishes the investigation to be managed.

Nikki RossAssistant Chief Constable

BreakingPolice refer themselves to IPCC over Ellis Downes search

Thames Valley Police is referring itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the way it dealt with the search for teenager Ellis Downes. The teenager's family and volunteer divers have criticised the force for delaying the search for the 16-year-old in the river Thames near Culham.

In pictures: John Kerry at the Oxford Union

John Kerry at the Oxford Union steps up to make his speech
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John Kerry at the Oxford Union steps up to make his speech
The US secretary of State makes his speech to the gathered union members
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The US Secretary of State makes his speech to the gathered union members

John Kerry speaking to Oxford Union this afternoon

It's not just Prince William in Oxford today... the US Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking at the Oxford Union this afternoon.

John Kerry
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John Kerry

He's not the first Secretary of State to address students at the union, with past speakers including Madeleine Albright in 2003.  

Flood alerts

A flood alert has been issued for the River Ock from Watchfield to Abingdon, and also the Letcombe Brook at Wantage, Grove and East Hanney.

Flood alerts
Environment Agency

Oxford firm brings desktop super-microscope to scientific masses

A new microscope, the size of a desktop computer, which will be able to look inside living cells is being made available by an Oxford University spin-off company.

The Nanoimager, built by Oxford Nanoimaging
John Cairns/Oxford University

The Nanoimager is about 30 times smaller and much cheaper than current super-resolution microscopes.

Oxford Nanoimaging raised £1.2million in seed funding to develop the microscope, which they say will bring the technology out of exclusive physics labs and bring the technology to scientists outside big budget labs.

Ketchup and mayo mix up gives Botley pub two-star food hygiene rating

Oxford Mail

Ketchup and mayonnaise left out of the fridge and unclean kitchen equipment has led to a Botley pub scoring a low food hygiene rating.

Hospital appointments: 'You can't toy with people all the time'

The husband of a woman who has been left waiting six weeks to find out if she has cancer says the current system for making hospital appointments feels as if people are being "toyed with".

Hospital ward
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Paul Sims from Greater Leys spoke out after watchdog Healthwatch Oxfordshire said the appointments system was one of the top issues about which patients came to them to make complaints.

Oxford University Hospitals trust says "it's very sorry for the distressing delays Mrs Sims has experienced and it is investigating the case to find out what went wrong".

I think sometimes the human element is lost. These are people's lives. If it was them, how would they feel? You can't toy with people all the time and that's what seems to be happening.

Paul Sims

Williams Formula 1 team's tips for hospital newborn baby team

Staff at Wales' largest neonatal unit have had tips from Oxfordshire-based Williams’ Formula 1 pit stop team on resuscitating newborn babies.

Human performance specialist Gemma Fisher with Louise Cleaton, Rachel Hayward, Serena Woodrow-Clark and Angela Hayward
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Human performance specialist Gemma Fisher with Louise Cleaton, Rachel Hayward, Serena Woodrow-Clark and Angela Hayward

University Hospital of Wales staff realised there were similarities between both teams in how they have to operate at speed and asked for help to streamline their processes.

Final stop on the Oxford tour

Duke's warm words at Weston Library

"It is very good to be back at Oxford, and thank you for your warm welcome. I suspect today is the noisiest this library will ever be. It is humbling to know that the tradition of libraries here at Oxford goes back over 800 years. Everything about this place is steeped in the long experience of imparting knowledge and education, and the humanising and civilising effect that that has on our societies.

Duke of Cambridge

Travel latest: M4 still closed after crash

BBC Travel

The M4 is still closed and there are severe delays eastbound between J13 and J11 after the accident involving a lorry this morning. 

A diversion is in operation via the A34 northbound past Oxford to the M40 J9, then southbound on the M40.

One lane is closed on the westbound M4 for barrier repairs at the crash site, causing delays around J13.

Weather: Cloud and rain eventually clearing away

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will clear in the late afternoon to leave some bright or sunny spells. Some heavy, possibly thundery, showers are still possible. High temp 17C (63F).

Oxford weather 11 May
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Latest sport: U's chairman urges club to challenge in League 1

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

  • Moving forward together... that's the message from Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales as the club concentrates on challenging in League 1 next season
  • Oxford United striker James Roberts says he is just pleased to be able to put a traumatic year behind him and celebrate his team's promotion  
  • Oxford City manager Justin Merritt says the club could know by the end of this week whether or not they'll be playing on a 3G pitch next season

In pictures: Duke meets the crowds after Weston Library visit

Latest headlines: Duke of Cambridge visits Oxford

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top news stories this lunchtime:

Signal box campaigners in Banbury face nervous wait

Oxford Mail

Campaigners in Banbury face a nervous wait to find out if they will be able to save a historic signal box from demolition.

Duke admits he was a lazy student at university

The Duke of Cambridge has confessed he was a lazy student while at university, on his visit to Magdalen College's new Longwall Library.

Prince William meets the crowds at Magdalen College
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He made the admission as he spoke to students who were sitting at desks - but he was quick to realise that they were not really studying hard.

Jack Barber, 21, who is reading history at Magdalen said William spotted that his book had been placed as a prop for the visit.

"He saw my book and it was obviously the first one I plucked off the shelf. He said 'Enjoy your pretend studying'."

Excited crowds as Prince William tours Oxford

Oxford University biology student Katie Shepherd, 20, holds a banner which the Duke of Cambridge looked at when he arrived to tour Magdalen College's recently renovated Longwall Library.

Biology student Katie Shepherd, 20, holds a banner at Magdalen College"s recently renovated Longwall Library
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Duke of Cambridge visits Oxford

Prince William was given tours of Magdalen College's Longwall Library, the Weston Library and the Blavatnik School of Government.  

Prince William spoke to students at Magdalen College

Duke of Cambridge visits Oxford

The Duke of Cambridge visits Oxford to see the results of three major investment projects in the city.

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United young guns celebrate Oxfordshire Senior Cup final win

Captain and Young Player of the Year Robbie Cundy leads Oxford United in celebrating last nights Oxfordshire Senior Cup final victory over Oxford City.

The U's won 6-1 with striker James Roberts scoring four goals to cap a happy end to a traumatic year for him and his family.

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Travel latest: Accident causing big queues on the A34

BBC Travel

The A34 is blocked causing two-mile queues northbound at Milton Interchange, after an accident involving a lorry and a car.

Keep up to date with the BBC Travel site